Ernest Brawley

Earnest Brawley

A native Californian, I attended San Francisco State University, where I was granted several writing scholarships and a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing. Since then, I have spent my life writing, teaching, and traveling the world. I have taught at the University of Hawaii, Hunter College, New York University, and the Sorbonne. I am a recipient of The Joseph Henry Jackson Award in Literature, and served for several years on the Fiction Award Committee of the National Endowment for The Arts in Washington.

I have published three novels. My first, THE RAP, was published by Atheneum. It was a Book of the Month Club selection, a mass market paperback, and was made into a feature film entitled FASTWALKING, starring James Woods.

My second novel, SELENA, was also published by Atheneum. It was a Main Selection at Literary Guild and a mass market paperback. It was purchased by Twentieth Century Fox.

My third novel, The ALAMO TREE, was published by Simon & Schuster and was a featured selection at Literary Guild. In addition, I have written two film scripts, THE DRESSING OF THE DEAD for writer/producer George Gonneau, and THE NORTHMEN for producer Jeff Goldman. My prison novel THE RAP was recently republished and is now available for purchase at Amazon/Kindle: . My novel SELENA was republished this year and is available at: For more information, you can visit my website at: My new novel, BLOOD MOON, will be published shortly by Roots Digital Media.

At present I am working on a film script entitled JIHADI JOE. Logline: A US Army sergeant of Arab ancestry defies impossible odds to infiltrate ISIS, bring down an infamous, charismatic leader named Jihadi Joe, prevent a dirty bomb attack on an American city, and save the woman he loves from slavery.

Lenka's List had the pleasure to publish this interview on: March 5th, 2017
I grew up in a state prison, where my father was a guard. When I was twenty-one, I became a guard at San Quentin Prison, working in Death Row, the Big Yard and as a rifle marksman in the guard towers.
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